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Car Crashes Into Bank in North Raleigh

Posted August 5, 2007
Updated August 6, 2007

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— A car crashed into a Wachovia Bank branch building in north Raleigh, injuring two people late Sunday morning.

Herman Osterhaus apparently suffered a medical condition and lost control of his 2002 Mercury on Falls of the Neuse Road shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday, police said. The Mercury brushed against a Dodge pick-up truck and then went off the road into the parking lot of the Wachovia branch at 7801 Falls of Neuse Road, police said.

The Mercury hit a parked car, clipped a brick pillar outside the bank and ended up slamming into an automated teller machine.

Osterhaus and his wife, Caren Osterhaus, were taken to WakeMed. Herman Osterhaus was listed in good condition, and his wife wasn't admitted to the hospital.

No charges have been filed in the case.


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  • gopanthers Aug 6, 2007

    boingc - I truly appreciate your points of view and maybe I did let my emotions get in the way a little. Please don't get mad as that was not my intensions. My Dad's Cancer was in remission for 4 years but still had to go through all the treatments and CT Scans every couple of months for all those years. The last 3 months of his life it came back (lungs and then the brain was involed (tumor). He did just find until that last 3 months. Then it was down hill fast. those last 3 months I can't tell you how many times I took him to the hospital he was so sick. It was so bad the Hospital would not even check him in. I'd take him and they would send him home in a ambulance the same day (I can't tell you want I was thinking because I'm sure I would be censored). The hospital made me sign a DNR. Then I brought Hospice into the house as my Dad wanted to die at home. I feel for anyone that is going through this or will in the future.

  • whew Aug 6, 2007

    It is easy for us to sit here after the fact and say what should have happened. That said, I agree with boingc that knowing that it was only a matter of time until the affects of this cancer would continue to degrade one's abilities, he should not have put himself and others at risk by driving.

  • boingc Aug 6, 2007

    gopanthers--I understand your touchiness. However, you may not have fully gotten the point I was trying to make. If you have lung cancer, you shouldn't be driving. Lung cancer is a serious medical condition, and I believe you shouldn't be driving with any serious medical conditions--because you never know when something like this is going to happen. Since you were informed that lung cancer almost always spreads to the brain first I feel reasonably sure that the gentleman operating this motor vehicle was aware of that also--and chose to drive anyway. That, in my opinion, is irresponsible.

  • gopanthers Aug 6, 2007

    boingc - that is a true statment if you knew about it. I just went through this with my Dad. Had Lung Cancer for 5 years. Lung Cancer in time tends to spread to the brain (tumors) and not knowing it until its to late to realize. I have been told over 5 years by multiple Specialist and Onocoligist that Lung Cancer (If its going to spread) it will spread to the Brain first. That is just the type of Cancer it is. So this poor
    Granfather probably didn't know it had spread to the brain if that is INDEED what is going on. I'm sorry - I get a little touchy on this and with people who don't understande this type of Cancer and its habbits. If you don't believe me ask any Onocologist. No dis-respect from me to you (truly). My father passed so recently I'm still touchy but it seems to get a little better as each day goes by. I truly know how this family is feeling and my Heart goes out to them in every which way possible. I know first hand and it took 5 years!

  • boingc Aug 6, 2007

    whew--i completely agree. If you are suffering from a serious medical condition (even if you haven't blacked out before) you should not be driving. It's that simple.

  • whew Aug 6, 2007

    While I am sorry to hear that your Grandfather is suffering from cancer I am concerned that he is driving considering the issues he is having. Is it really any worse to put yourself behind the wheel of a car/weapon when your abilitiy to operate a vehicle are impared due to medical condition than it is to drive after drinking? He should protect himself, his wife and the rest of the motoring public and not drive.

  • gopanthers Aug 6, 2007

    yaright (don't know you and probably WOULD like you).

  • gopanthers Aug 6, 2007

    yaright - I don't know you so I can't say I dis-like you - I probably would. Read the post not the article and you will see this has nothing to do with everyday accidents. It appears to me a medical condition as WRAL left out that little Tibit becuase they probably didn't know the facts.

  • Adelinthe Aug 6, 2007

    julesing13 -

    Praying for your grandfather's health and for your family.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Jokers Wild II Aug 6, 2007

    julesing13 - I am praying for you and your family. I lost a Grandfather to lung cancer as well, and hope that he atleast stays pain free during his battle.